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Poster: The_Monkey_Master Date: May 26, 2010 5:52pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

Art Linkletter in 1957
Art Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the age of 97. He was best known for hosting House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio-TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a successful series of books quoting children. He is the only person to have five network television shows running in prime time simultaneously.


Art Linkletter
Things people have said about Art Linkletter

"Because of Art Linkletter, adults found themselves enjoying children," said Bill Cosby

"An amazing fellow, a terrific broadcast talent, a brilliant businessman. An all-around good guy," CNN's Larry King

Art Linkletter on AI

-Guest on The Jack Benny Show

-Excerpt from 'Art Linkletter's House Party'(with Lucille Ball) (1964)

-The Snow Queen (1959) (Christmas introduction by Art Linkletter)

-Kids Sure Rite Funny (book by Art Linkletter)

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Poster: billbarstad Date: May 26, 2010 9:26pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

I pretty much had forgotten about him till I saw this post. I did enjoy watching him talk with kids on some show after I got home from school long, long ago.

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Poster: cosmico Date: May 26, 2010 10:22pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

That's what I remember too. Watching his TV show after school, as he interviewed the kids sitting in chairs up on the stage.

As for his acting nasty to the mother of cathyftr in the early '70s, not to excuse his behavior in any way, but it might have had something to do with this:

"His 20-year-old daughter, Diane Linkletter, died on October 4, 1969, by jumping out of her sixth-floor kitchen window. Linkletter claimed that she committed suicide because she was on, or having a flashback from, an LSD trip, but toxicology tests done after the incident detected no signs of LSD use, and it is quite likely that the drug played no part in her suicide. Linkletter spoke out against drugs to prevent children from straying into a drug habit."

--from Wikipedia

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 27, 2010 8:50pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

My mom had a book titled "Kids Say The Darndest Things" by Art Linkletter. Too bad it was long gone by the time she passed away. It had some of the best quotes from the show and it was profusely illustrated by none other than Charles M. Schulz himself. The pictures not only included illustrations of kids who looked like they came directly from the "Peanuts" strip but there were pictures of ADULTS as well. I don't know how many times I read that book from cover to cover when I was a kid.

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Poster: quigs Date: May 26, 2010 7:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

HE will be missed. RIP Mr. Linkletter

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Poster: cathyftr Date: May 26, 2010 7:27pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

While I respect Art Linkletter as far as his talent went , sadly Art Linkletter the person wasn't the same as what many people, well lets just say it wasn't what they would expect. My mom worked in radio in the early 70's and her station ( WHPL-AM 610 in Winchester, VA ) was an affiliate of "Link's Little Ones". She contacted Art about doing a 30 second promo for her station. His response? "..F*** OFF Bitc* !!". And on top of that her radio station had received a letter from Linkletter containing just about every dirty word one can think of just because my mother asked him to do a short promo for her radio station. I still have that letter today. Oddly that letter had outlived both my mom ( died in 1996 ) and WHPL as Clear Channel Communications had made that station go dark last year.

This post was modified by cathyftr on 2010-05-27 02:27:02

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Poster: Meatpies Date: May 27, 2010 3:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: NEWS FLASH - Art Linkletter dies at age 97.

It's a shame really, while all people have the same choice of being nice or not, some simply choose not to be. It is a choice. Everyone has it in them to be whatever kind of person they want to be. It's a real shame that someone whos professional persona is that of a wonderfully warm and caring person chooses not to carry that into their own lives. There are others in the profession who have chosen that same path, so I choose to enjoy their work and not pay a whole lot of attention to their personal lives.